Assessing the impact of relaxing cruise operations with a reduction of the minimum rate of climb and/or step climb heights
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A compromise solution to increase flight efficiency in cruise, but without penalising capacity (or even safety), would be perhaps to remove (or relax) the minimum rate of climb (ROC) constraint and/or to reduce the height of the step climbs in cruise. In this paper, the benefits (in terms of total operating costs) and the associated impact on the air traffic management (ATM) of such “relaxed cruise” operations are quantified for a representative medium-haul aircraft under different scenarios, by means of an in-house trajectory optimisation software. Results show that by reducing the minimum ROC from 500 to 300 ftmin-1, whilst keeping the step climb height according to current reduced vertical separation minima (RVSM) standard would give a good compromise between cost savings and impact on the ATM.
CitationDalmau, R., Prats, X. Assessing the impact of relaxing cruise operations with a reduction of the minimum rate of climb and/or step climb heights. "Aerospace science and technology", 1 Novembre 2017, vol. 70, p. 461-470.